Hursley Park Ladies 2006
The first ever season as Hursley Park CC following the move from Eastleigh & Otterbourne saw us taking part in the Southern League Division 3, the fourth tier of the competition.
The inaugral game saw Hertfordshire side Radlett visit the Quarters on 7th May. Skipper Emma Bane and Helen Pryer opened the batting for the start of the HP journey and following a wide, Emma scored the first-ever run off the bat. Helen scored a half-century, pipping Charlotte Gallagher to the honour of being the first HP half-centurion by 1 minute. Our total of 184 proved enough to win by 60 runs, with Sarah Conlon being our first ever wicket-taker. Two further wins followed before East Herts inflicted a defeat, and we finished our opening season in third place with six wins from nine games. Horsham were the league champions and earned promotion.
Charlotte Gallagher led the run charts with 280, including another half-century in the return match with Radlett, while Jem Green’s 21 wickets included impressive returns of 5-2 against the Mote at Maidstone and 4-6 against East Herts.
A junior girls set up was started and a couple of friendlies were played (although unfortunately no details were saved). Among the crop of youngsters were Dani Ransley, Eleanor Ingram and Rachel Carrick who have all gone on to have significant HP careers.
Indoor Season 2005/06
On the 16th October 2005 Hursley Park ladies played for the first time, against Southampton University in the South Hants Indoor Cricket League at Fleming Park. The girls had been triumphant as Eastleigh and Otterbourne in the previous winter, the inaugural one for the women’s division, and it was the same six girls that represented HP for the first time.
Southampton Uni were beaten fairly comfortably, with Verity Trutwein becoming the first HP wicket- taker and Emma Bane the first run-scorer. After four more wins St.Mary’s University provided a tough test which we came through by 12 runs. Jem Green took 4-4 as New Forest were swept aside, and the league was clinched with a 100% record.
The cup final saw us once again up against St.Mary’s and Emma (33) and Jem (35) set up a total of 139 which was enough to see us home by 34 runs, and we had clinched the league and cup double.
Emma Bane with 232 runs was the leading run-scorer, with Jem Green’s 19 wickets leading the way amongst the bowlers.